Democratic Progressive Caucus Opens General Election Endorsements
The endorsement applications for the 2016 General Election are now open!
*We can only endorse local candidates (city council, county commission, school board, constitutional officers, etc.) in counties where we have chapters. Those counties are: Alachua, Broward, Polk, and Sarasota-Charlotte. If you would like to have a voice in the endorsement process, please attend your next local chapter meeting. We are accepting applications for ALL Florida Congressional, State Senate and State House races.
We strongly encourage all candidates to read our platform before applying.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! The deadline for applications is midnight, Friday, September 23, 2016.
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Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Congratulates Primary Winners
- Arlene Sweeting, Sarasota County Charter Review Board, District 1
- Mike Shlasko, Sarasota County Charter Review Board, District 5
- Todd Barton, Sarasota County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
- Jody Davenport, Sarasota County Hospital Board, Central District Seat 1
- Kevin Connelly, Sarasota County Hospital Board, At Large Seat 1
- Renata Castro, City of Margate Commission, Seat 2
- Mitchell Stollberg-Appleyard, City of Oakland Park Commission
Committed To Win
Through the Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats (LEAD) Task Force, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) signaled that it is serious about examining shortfalls and correcting course in order to win back Florida. State Democrats are ignited by the challenge and have taken up the call for change. The Strategies and Tactics for Electing Progressives, or STEP Report is offered as a plan for implementing that change.
As we developed this report, one theme became prominent across all of our discussions: We must be committed to the long game. It took years for Democrats to lose so much ground in Florida. It will take time to climb back on top.
The premise of the STEP Report is that we must re-think our philosophy, prioritize our resources, and align our activity around the long game.
Without this perspective, it would be easy to write off some STEP recommendations by saying, “We just don’t have the money, it’s not practical.” On the contrary, the STEP recommendations will better leverage our resources by building capacity for greater fundraising power and a stronger grassroots infrastructure.
The strategies and tactics described in this report are based on:
- Shifting budget priorities to those which strengthen the ability of the FDP to empower, mobilize, and grow the field.
- Strategically building a bench of candidates aimed for out-year races as well as current cycles. Mentoring candidates in order to develop their capacity to succeed as candidates and leaders.
- Refusing to accept midterm dropoff as a given. Capitalizing on this cycle’s populist momentum to sustain future voter engagement.
- Adapting to an evolving media landscape with a broader, coordinated network of messengers. Making the party bigger and better by cultivating a relationship between the FDP and a field network in order to amplify the Democratic voice across the state.
The Democratic Progressive Caucus welcomes dialogue and collaboration with DECs, Clubs, and Caucuses and the FDP in order to move the STEP recommendations forward. We are committed to win.